An Essay In Quotes.

“Never trust a man with no enemies.” ~Unknown

This quote is paraphrased and quoted in various contexts, forms, and fashions more than almost any other that I identify with.  The meaning becomes clearer when we see that a man’s willingness to have “Enemies” is a barometer of his ability to establish a belief and hold to it even if and when it’s polarizing or unpopular.  A man with no enemies is a man of low character, without inner strength, and can not be trusted.  A man with no enemies doesn’t get that way by not believing things that are unpopular. He gets that way because of his willingness to change his belief system in order to fit in or be more popular.  From Ghandi, to Stalin, a man with more enemies that you may just be a man willing to commit to his system of beliefs more than anyone else.

“Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”  ~ Thucydides

Thucydides ushered in several notable changes in the way men view the reality of the world around them.  He chose to work with “Scientific History”.  Meaning that he saw the world around him, and the changes it went through as not having anything to do with imagined gods, devils, or supernatural beings.  He also fathered “Political Realism”.  The term “Might Makes Right” is a direct derivative of his teachings.

Thucydides articulated a concept that is rooted in Red Pill reality and truth, but is rarely spoken of.  People, communities, and nations do not seek equality; we seek a superior position to negotiate our lives from.  The wise seek power because power gives them the choice to be fair and kind.  Though those in power, historically, have never been fair or kind.  The strong do what they must to acquire and maintain their power and position.  The weak and risk-averse simply struggle to not be crushed by the ambitious, they usually are.

“The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend” ~Unknown

This is a proverb most commonly attributed to Arabs. Nothing unites a community, culture, country, or people as effectively as a common enemy.  Historically, those in power often manufacture enemies in order to distract us from the reality of our existence.  It’s easy to make a nation forget it’s financial woes if the government gives them someone and something to hate.  Hate is the most powerful of emotions; it lasts far longer than love.  Consider our nations coming together as one, to collectively be Anti-Muslim.  More Americans have been left injured by our archaic, ineffective system of healthcare than all of the unfortunate people that were hurt or killed by every single act of terrorism committed on U.S. soil combined!  Where are the hours of television committed to fixing that atrocity? That was not a rhetorical question.

“An explorer in the further regions of experience. Demon to some. Angel to others.” ~Pinhead, Hellraiser Movie Franchise

This quote often sums up my life experience.  I know what I want from life and I actively pursue my goals at every possible opportunity.  Half the people that know me admire me for it, and the other half are jealous and bitter because I am a reminder that they aren’t working to achieve their goals.

“War is deceit.” ~ Muhammad, Prophet of Islam

I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  The more I learn, the more I am able to see the tricks and traps that life holds represented in the microcosm of a single fight.  I extrapolate that into nearly everything else I do.  I want my enemies to genuinely believe that they know my strengths, weaknesses, and ambitions.  I work to actively identify and mislead people and institutions that do not have my best interest at heart.

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” -T.E. Lawrence.

I became a Dangerous Daydreamer very young in life.

The conventional Army loses if it does not win. The Guerrilla wins if he does not lose.

– Henry A Kissinger.

I am an only child, I have legions of cousins, most with brothers and sisters.  I learned that I can’t win in direct confrontations when we had our “wars” as children, the numbers are always against me.  I realized that I could, however, be a constant thorn in their side.  I took that philosophy into my adult life.  Professionally and socially, I often represent a philosophical or ideological minority.  When that happens and I realize that I may not win, I take Kissinger’s words to heart and focus on not losing.  I force the other team(s) to pour time and resources into staving off my rebuttals and attacks, thus weakening their resource pool.  Often, someone with enough foresight will work out some sort of peace agreement with me that gives me what I want, while allowing them to not lose “street cred” or damage their reputation.

“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” ~Socrates

No truer words have ever been spoken. Our minds grow better with time, our bodies do not.  Most men will die arthritic and with aching bones.  I want to have stories to explain why I’m that way.  I want to earn my scars.  I will not live a single day longer by trying to avoid physical stress.  I will live longer because of it.

“You have comfort. You don’t have luxury. And don’t tell me that money plays a part. The luxury I advocate has nothing to do with money. It cannot be bought. It is the reward of those who have no fear of discomfort.” ~ Jean Cocteau, French poet, novelist, boxing manager, and filmmaker, whose collaborations were the inspiration for the term “surrealism”.

As a man with high-speed internet, a smart phone, 24-hour food of my choice, a high-def T.V., a luxury car, and a stunning collection of cufflinks it’s hard to seek out discomfort.  History has taught me that in order for a man to grow, he must suffer.  There is no substitute that will give me the luxury that Cocteau advocates.  I often realize that the more I accumulate the softer it has the potential to make me.  I try to make my life uncomfortable. I give away things I value, I innovate new paths in my profession, I seek out challenges in countries where I don’t even speak the native language.  I’m always trying to maintain the luxury that I earned when I was young.  I am in a dangerous phase of my life, I am about to take extreme measures because the world no longer has the ability to make me feel discomfort.  That scares me.

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5 comments

  1. Carla Corrie

    I heard a speaker say experience is what you win when you lose …… I remember this in that moment when I think I might have made a terrible terrible mistake and remember to smile

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